Sunday, 31 October 2010
For security reasons we cant show you inside the bunker (although its obvious where it is!), but on route Tom and Rid had a little issue with a gate.
Thankfully Tom mended the gate, we found the bunker, got in but were concerned with the number of warning signs on the door regarding radiation and if you lost radio 2 briefly at 2.30 on Saturday, I did tell Tom not to press the button !
Saturday, 30 October 2010
Coastguard, Police, RNLI and a helicopter crew had searched for several hours without finding anyone and as no one was reported missing, the decision was made to call off the search.
If you lose anything out on the coast or out to sea, please report it to the nearest Coastguard station, it really could save a lot of trouble.
Friday, 29 October 2010
Thursday, 28 October 2010
Two small problems.....it comes in red (not blue and yellow) and it won't stay for long!
Wednesday, 27 October 2010
Tuesday, 26 October 2010
The main task of the Receiver of Wreck is to process incoming reports of wreck in the interest of both salvor and owner. This involves researching ownership, liaising with the finder and owner and other interesting parties.
The above is taken from the main MCA website on the role of the Receiver of Wreck, a role that comes under the MCA.
We actually met the Receiver of Wreck (RoW) in the early part of the year and she has a most interesting role.
What people do not know is that you can not only face a large fine for removing items from the coast or sea but also massive clear up costs.
There is a correct procedure to follow if you find something or a wreck, there may be an owner to that item and its the role of the RoW to establish ownership and then compensate the finder (in its simplest terms). You can not just remove something as this could be theft, also having claimed salvage on something the salvor could be liable for any clear up costs which could run into thousands of pound (don't forgot environmental damage etc!)
Today the IRT were tasked to enquiry about reports of the recent yacht that was lost on Peveril Ledge that had been partly recovered and this may have been contrary to the insurance company (the owner of the vessel) instructions.
Our advice is to tread very carefully, the law is quite strict (especially following the Napoli incident). It used to be considered that items washed up were there for the finder , times have changed and findings must be reported.
Monday, 25 October 2010
Check the weather
Take the correct clothing especially footwear.
Check the route
Check the tides
Ensure you tell someone where you are going and what time you might be back.
Ensure your mobile if charged up (land based)
Ensure your safety equipment is working (water based)
Know your limits.
Remember if you are in trouble or you think someone is in trouble on the coast or out to sea, DIAL 999 and ask for COASTGUARD.
Saturday, 23 October 2010
The big concern for us is the cost savings the Agency has to find in line with the Government spending review. Thankfully at this time it appears the Coastguard Rescue Service has not been majorly affected other than the requirement for cost savings - electric, heating, fuel etc.
There is lots of training to be done in the next 12 months, more rope work, water rescue, first aid, search management and more.
So it looks like business as usual which is just as well with the number of incidents we have had this year!
Tonight Austen and I attended the RNLI college in Poole for the presentation of Andy Spicer's (Station Officer Poole) long service medal - from all at Swanage congratulations on this achievement.
Friday, 22 October 2010
Training last night was the second half of the exciting Water Rescue DVD, which included some stuff from a professor of cold water science..... or something like that.
Highlight of the evening was counting the number of costume changes the presenter went though. I counted 15 in total.
I also spotted a spider in the top left corner of the training room.
Sadly Brian had to leave early as he had to watch some paint drying at home.
Joking aside it was quite useful really.
Thursday, 21 October 2010
Wednesday, 20 October 2010
Today we had some visitors to the station not only from the East Midland Ambulance Service but the Scottish Ambulance Service and a man from a donkey sanctuary in Sidmouth....the link? Off road driving!
Our area is excellent for off road driving as it has many different types of terrain so when in the area its always good to check in with the locals for that all important photo opportunity
Tuesday, 19 October 2010
Well both actually, depending on what it's doing. On routine or training flights, Portland's SAR helicopter (an AW139 for those in the know) takes the call sign Coastguard 106. (said One-Ohh-Six)
Once it's on a "shout" i.e. a proper rescue mission, it adopts the tactical call sign Rescue 106.
Previously the helicopters were known by the last two letters of their registration marks - WB, or Whiskey Bravo - but nowadays the numeric call sign refers to the operating base.
The photo above is of G-SARD 'Romeo Delta' returning to Portland on Sunday, and as such its call sign was Coastguard 106. Normally, G-CGWB 'Whiskey Bravo' is Portland's aircraft, but currently 'Romeo Delta' is covering.
|G CGWB (Whiskey Bravo)|
You may hear us refer to Coastguard 104 or Rescue 104 - that's when we're working with a helicopter from Lee on Solent, perhaps because 106 is otherwise engaged or 104 is already airborne and can respond quicker.
Monday, 18 October 2010
The crumbs in the coastguard station tell a different story. Mmmm in true Cluedo style I suspect Colonel Brown in the training room, with a packet of Hob Nobs.
|The Biscuit Trap|
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Langton Scouts and Guides were taking part in JOTA - Jamboree on the Air - a worldwide get together of Scouts through the medium of amateur radio. Assisted by the chaps from Poole Radio Society, they had created their own temporary station - call sign GB0LMS - and had made contact with enthusiasts as far away as Geneva, Amsterdam and Tipperary. Oh, and Wigan too. In addittion there was a display about the wartime Worth Matravers radar development site and there was a 'hands on' workshop of soldering irons, PCBs and electonics kits allowing budding young enthusiasts to get involved and create their own first radio sets.
Across the way, our colleagues at the NCI were giving talks about the work they do and to cap it all there was a low-level flypast from one of the Coastguard rescue helicopters as it headed back to Portland following a tasking in Poole.
All in all, plenty to see and do. Back at base, it's been a beautiful weekend weather-wise, and until tonight, no incidents to report. However at this very moment the IRT have just been tasked, so no doubt more of that tomorrow...
Saturday, 16 October 2010
Still along way to go for him but he was laughing and joking in his usual manner which was great to see.
It will be sometime before we see him back at the station but in the meantime we continue to keep in touch and support where we can.
Friday, 15 October 2010
Thursday, 14 October 2010
We saw how calls come in, how our teams are tasked, how to predict the location of a drifting vessel and we also had a look at the AIS system - a real time display charting the position, direction and speed of any ship in a given area. By drilling down further the operator can get details such as type of vessel, home port etc and we took a closer look at a couple of ships including the Condor ferry making its way back to Weymouth and a strangely named cargo vessel somewhere off Lyme Bay.
Our thanks go to the good people of C Watch for showing us around.
Oh, and Oz got to have a go on the computer....
Wednesday, 13 October 2010
Austen Smurf......he's not cold but usually hungry
Tuesday, 12 October 2010
Certainly a different job, lets hope that chap warms up.
Monday, 11 October 2010
The lifeboat crew did a super job with the yacht crew, Ive just been down to Peveril to see bits washed up.
Meanwhile the ever so grateful kite surfer yet again showing the good side of British life and the thanks we often don't get
And final get back to check the station and find Tom has put the remains of a bomb on the desk, thanks Tom.
All in a weekend! Still it was good to catch up with Pip our previous Sector Manager and the delights of Torquay!
Sunday, 10 October 2010
Brian's been banging on about it for months, ... actually 2 years!, so hopefully he's satisfied.
|Brain: Contemplating whether to put unleaded petrol into a diesel engine.|
And lest we forget his camp photo...
I wasn’t there, so I don’t know. But, if several members of the public all called the coastguard, then I think the kite surfer really was in difficulty – even if he didn’t recognise it himself, so despite his reaction well done to them for calling. And well done to the lifeboat chaps and the IRT for responding.
As always, the message is If you are in distress, or if you see someone in difficulty, or who even appears to be in difficulty at sea and around our coastline, DIAL 999 and ask for the COASTGUARD.
Saturday, 9 October 2010
|He does Pizza Delivery in his spare time..like he has spare time!|
|"Hands off my chopper!"|
|A serious training session|
|Open night mike at the station.....Have you heard the one about the Vicar and the...|
|Why is he laughing, no explanation yet given|
|This photo was originally cropped to take out the bench and make him look tall.|
|20:23 Meringues '...don't mind if i do!)|
|He even appears in people's loos...see left|
|Ian and his better (taller) half Rachael.|
|Team Swanage (taken by Ian)|
|Walking the walk with Mr B|
|Leading by example.....|
Friday, 8 October 2010
2005 saw 117 incidents
2006 saw 122 incidents
2007 saw 115 incidents
2008 saw 118 incidents
2009 saw 112 incidents
As of today we currently stand at 150 incidents.
A whopping 34% increase on last year !! (…and there’s still the best part of three months togo!)
19:28 09/10/010 ##addendum....we've had another 2 incidents since this blog, so its 36%!##
As we've said before, 2010 has been our busiest year ever and looking back through the records, this time last year on Ian's 19th anniversary he was assisting in only our 97th job of 2009.
We didn't have a shout on Ian's 18th anniversary, he was probably having a rest.
Thursday, 7 October 2010
This year it is my 20th year of service so it is special, we started with a visit to Dumpton School Wimborne (where lifeboat blog is a teacher so you can see why we were invited!)
Several school groups later, several bacon sandwiches later and a smashing lunch, it was back to Swanage and a visit to the cemetery and remember Spike.
Just as I was putting the MRU away in the station, the air ambulance was circling the station looking for somewhere to landing, finding it in Days Park I then took the two paramedics to the incident they were sent to.
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Today, Portland Co-ordination Centre noticed a fault light on their indicator panel suggesting the repeater wasn't working properly. Whilst this wasn't an immediate problem it could hamper communications during an emergency, so the team were sent to check out the fault.
It seems the main power supply was down, but fortunately the back up generator had burst into life as intended and was maintaining the service. As the team couldn't find 50p for the meter, the information was relayed to Portland and a man with a screwdriver was called in to try to remedy the fault.
Tuesday, 5 October 2010
Monday, 4 October 2010
Our colleagues down in Tamar had a good job
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Working at Anvil is tricky for us as we have to work so far away from the cliff edge to enable us to get our stakes in the ground (the holdfasts/anchors we attach all the equipment too). We don't have any visuals with the cliff top safety officers so have to rely on hand signal relayed by other team members and the radio. Due to the distance the ropes stretch quite a bit which again has its challenges
Anyway well done to Austen for the double lift, it was nice to preform a rescue without the helicopter (no offence but when you practise and practise its good for the team to perform the rescue, no need for the helicopter where no one is injured).
Saturday, 2 October 2010
A quick shot of Brian post rescue. A difficult job this afternoon, more later.
|Brian looking dead hard.|
Maybe, just maybe we shall use this instead of his 'camp' photo on the main site.
(feel free to remind yourself how camp his photo is at
click on team at the top then Brian.)
Ian and Oz with our new flagpole. More on this topic when they can get it up.
By the way Oz is not fat, its his fleece...he just wanted this pointing out. It's not a big deal but he wanted the record putting straight. If he was fat, which he is not, then this would only be due to the pole being thin, making him look fat. I hope we have sorted that out.